Dutch Ovens

(4 Posts)
ComfyLeatherChair Thu 14-Aug-14 07:21:22

We have just bought a Dutch oven (gulp). We are going wilderness camping in Wales, so will have a lot of time to potter around a campfire - weather permitting!
All recipes, advice etc very gratefully received.

Oh, we will be taking a normal camping stove as well!

foolonthehill Thu 14-Aug-14 21:50:01

I love my dutch oven:

I just adapt tagine/slow cooker recipes for over the fire cooking adding ingredients gradually so they get the correct cooking time....
then if you have some nice hot ashes you can try a very slow bake in the fire pit to give you breakfast in the morning. Don't forget that the fire needs lighting ages before you cook on it...just like a BBQ it doesn;t depend on flames but on heat form the wood/charcoal.

here is a good website for some interest ing recipes www.dutchovendude.com/dutch-oven-recipes.asp

don't forget to heat some water on the fire at the same time so you can wash your duchy hot

and don't trust the "re-seasoned" blurb...do it yourself before you go...sometimes the pre-done ones are ok, but it's too late to find out you need to season it when you've cooked your first meal!

have great fun!

SparkyUK Sat 16-Aug-14 04:00:53

Can I ask what your set up is for dutch oven cooking? Do you need a tripod?I saw that campfire grills has a hook you can hammer into the ground but DH thinks that wouldn't be stable.

foolonthehill Sat 16-Aug-14 23:06:10

Personally I have a tripod that you can hang the dutchy from...ours has a chain that you can shorten to reduce heat...also used for the kettle as I don;t usually have a stove.

however you can rest the oven on stones at the edge of the fire pit or bury it in the embers/cover with the coals depending on the type of cooking you are doing.

as a good girl guide I have been known to fashion a suspendy thingy from branches (but you have to keep them wet or they burn...very inconvenient) I have also repurposed a BBQ grill and stood the dutchy on that (not so satisfactory as i couldn;t get to the fire!)

I'd go for the tripod...easiest and most stable!

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